Mill Creek - Ohariu Valley
Wind is a renewable energy resource - and Wellington has a good supply of it.
West Wind, the wind farm on the hills above the Makara valley in northwest Wellington, is now operational.
Meridian Energy is in the process of developing another wind farm, Mill Creek, on the hills above the Ohariu valley, which lies to the north of Makara.
Project West Wind and Project Mill Creek were both approved by the Environment Court following appeals against Wellington City Council's decision to grant resource consents to these two projects.
While these are not Wellington City Council projects, this page provides information on the progress of the two projects.
For more information on the Mill Creek project, including a map of the location, see:
Mill Creek Project - Meridian Energy website
For monitoring enquiries, contact:
West Wind construction site - Makara.
Project West Wind
Project West Wind was completed in late 2009 on the rugged hills of Makara Farm and Terawhiti Station. Initial works began on the project in October 2007.
The wind farm is made up of 62 wind turbines, each generating up to 2.3 MW of electricity. The combined output would supply enough power for Wellington's domestic use, according to Meridian Energy.
The Environment Court approved Project West Wind in May 2007. It is subject to a large number of conditions that Wellington City Council has monitored.
West Wind Recreation Area
A recreation area has been created at West Wind. It is open to the public at specified times and has 3 walkways which give visitors access to spectacular views of:
- the coastline
- Fort Opau
- the wind farm
- World War II gun emplacements.
Access to the recreation area and car park is either from Opau Road or Makara Beach.
For information on Project West Wind, see:
West Wind - Meridian Energy website
For information on the recreation area, including a map and the times it is open to the public, see:
West Wind Recreation Area - Meridian Energy website (900Kb PDF)